Touching a statue of the god Ebisu, to bring luck.
I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!
An interesting shot, I'm intrigued by the masks the two women are wearing.
12 Mar 2009 10:43am
@Richard_Irwin: Thanks Richard. Everyone wears masks in Japan to keep safe from or to stop spreading colds / flu / viruses. Also popular for hay fever these days.
Interesting image. Are they wearing the masks because of concerns over getting SARS? I haven't heard much about SARS in recent years. I also thought that was more of an issue in China.
12 Mar 2009 11:42am
@Laurie: Thanks Laurie, No, not SARS, wearing masks like this is very common here - see my response to Richard above. It's funny, a lot of people here think everyone in the world wears masks; I'd forgotten how strange they can appear!
What a story, why is she wearing a mask, it is that human breath is to foul to breathe on Ebisu? fascinating photo ;)
12 Mar 2009 12:43pm
@Lorraine: Ha ha! See my responses to Richard and Laurie above Lorraine - I didn't even think the lady wearing a mask would be worthy of comment, I'm so used to seeing them (don't use them myself though...)! Thanks for the comment.
We can see his face today. Cool shot. I think a lot more Japanese go to work or school sick than here due to their strong work ethic. Hence, the masks are fairly practical.
12 Mar 2009 11:00pm
@Steve Rice: I agree Steve. Cheers!
As Richard, I am always puzzled by that national habit of the masks. But, if we could just see what is in the air we breathe, we'd all wear one !
13 Mar 2009 2:48pm
@Ronnie 2¢: Don't think about it Ronnie...!
I think this aspect of the culture in Japan will make my son very comfortable.
17 Mar 2009 11:18pm
@Twelvebit: I hope so Twelvebit - any progress on his coming over...?
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